12 gauge single-shot break action shotgun
18 7/16" barrel
36 1/2" overall length
In a survival situation, two is one, and one is none. Backups are a big part of being prepared for anything, and firearms are just as important as any other tool in your gear or bug out bag. This is an example of such a backup that can be found at a very low price if you're a good bargain hunter, or just maybe lucky. This particular shotgun was found laying at a garage sale for a mere $80. Sure, it's no Remington 870 or Saiga 12, but it can stand up to the task in the right hands. As it was purchased for a self-defensive philosophy of use, the original barrel length of 28" seemed a bit excessive. To make the shotgun more useful in tight spaces, the barrel has been cut to just under 18 1/2", and then refinished with a bluing agent.
This gun, by no understatement, is LIGHT. For a 12 gauge, 5 pounds is not a lot. Even a Remington 870 ranges from about 7 to 8 pounds without any ninja-fied accessories on it. Because of it's extremely light weight, it does have a considerable amount of recoil. It's not a gun one would want to fire right against a collarbone without a recoil pad and clothing in between. For an application such as this, the recoil pad was viewed as a must, and again wasn't very expensive at $15. A velcro and elastic shell holder is another great accessory, as the only place the gun has to store ammunition is within the chamber. The elastic band fits snugly over the end of the recoil pad, which helps greatly in keeping it in place on the stock. This was another affordable piece of kit, ringing up at only $10 at an Army surplus store.
|Velcro/elastic shell holder, and Butler Creek recoil pad|
|TruGlo 12 gauge fiber optic sight, affixed with epoxy|
|By pushing the lever to the right, the action is exposed for reloading/cleaning|
|Very easily disassembled by turning screw out, taking handguard off, and opening action|
for detailed cleaning. Takes about 15-20 seconds to completely take down or reassemble.
CONNECTICUT VALLEY ARMS INC. NORCROS GA -MADE IN ITALY-WEST POINT